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HNB Assurance PLC Group Records GWP Growth of 22% Surpassing 1 BN in PAT

HNB Assurance PLC Group posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 1.2 Bn for FY21. The Gross Written Premium (GWP) of the Group showcased an impressive growth of 22% recording LKR 12.6 Bn. Expressing her views on the Group’s performance, Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mrs. Rose Cooray stated, “HNB Assurance PLC Group had a solid fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and ended the year posting impressive financial results. Our strong performance during the year positioned both businesses as dynamic, agile and innovative entities and I’m extremely pleased with the continued strength and growth of HNBA and HNBGI. It is noteworthy to mention that the Life Insurance Business showcased a growth of 29% and the General Insurance Business showcased a growth of 13% recording GWP of LKR 7.1 Bn and 5.6 Bn respectively and the Net Income and Interest and Dividend Income of the Group surpassed LKR 13.7 Bn and LKR 2.5 Bn respectively. Total Assets of the Group surpassed LKR 35.9 Bn during the year”. Mrs. Cooray continued, “These results are an outcome of the Group’s well-curated business strategies and well-focused Management practices. The Group’s financial performance is proof that both companies have navigated through a dynamic and challenging environment and will continue to do so. With the solidity depicted through these numbers, the Board is confident that the Group will further consolidate its strong footing in the market during 2022”. Speaking on the financial performance of HNB Assurance PLC, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, Chief Executive Officer stated, “HNBA ended 2021 delivering impressive financial results and continued its growth momentum amidst a challenging economic backdrop. In reviewing the performance of the business, HNBA recorded a GWP of LKR 7.1 Bn during FY21, depicting a growth of 29% and the PAT of HNBA for the year surpassed LKR 1 Bn, showcasing a growth of 38%. As a result of our commitment of taking care of our Policyholders and delivering superlative returns, the Life Insurance Business settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to LKR 1.6 Bn during the year. Reaffirming the strong financial footing of the business, the Life Insurance Fund surpassed LKR 20 Bn during the year. HNB Assurance is well geared to improve its resilience to face the on-going market and economic challenges and to provide a distinctive experience to customers as well as other stakeholders”. Mr. Wimalaratne continued, “Taking the winning spirit of the business to new heights, HNBA produced a record breaking 164 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) qualifiers, including 05 Court of the Table (COT) and 02 Top of the Table (TOT) achievers in 2021. The Company received several awards and accolades during the year for its business excellence, service excellence and product excellence. Key amongst the accolades received were the Best Health Insurance Initiative of the Year Sri Lanka Award by Insurance Asia Awards, Best Bancasssurance Provider in Sri Lanka 2021 Award by Global Banking and Finance Review, The National Service Sector Silver Award and Top Ten Award for Industrial Excellence at CNCI Achiever Awards 2021. Demonstrating its commitment to gender balance and equality HNBA was recognized as One of Sri Lanka’s Top 10 Women Friendly Workplaces in Sri Lanka at Women Friendly Workplaces Awards 2021. This augurs well for the Company’s open culture where everyone has an equal chance to fulfil one’s dreams and aspirations.  I wish to reiterate that the business remains well-focused on what’s ahead and with agile business strategies in place, I’m confident that HNBA will continue to improve on its market share, profitability and drive towards the strategic vision set of the business”.  HNB General Insurance delivered a robust performance during FY21, recording notable results during the fiscal 2021. Sharing his views on the performance of HNBGI, Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, Chief Executive Officer stated, “HNBGI recorded a GWP of LKR 5.6 Bn depicting a growth of 13% and recording a PAT of LKR 338 Mn. These results were recorded against a number of challenges presented by the continuation of a global pandemic. During the year, the business settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to over LKR 2.5 Bn fulfilling its promise to its valued customers. From a segmental perspective, the Motor Insurance segment delivered an exceptional performance followed by Fire, Engineering and Marine Segments. During FY21, the General Insurance Contract Liabilities surpassed LKR 3.7 Bn”. Mr. Jayasundara further added, “HNBGI being an innovative and leading General Insurance service provider in the market has adapted a number of strategies to identify existing gaps in the market and to provide innovate and customer centric solutions to our customer-base. Facing several challenges caused due to adverse weather conditions and COVID-19 related challenges, the business has navigated through a volatile environment to record these impressive results. It is noteworthy to mention that during the year, HNBGI claimed a number of awards including the Motor Insurance Initiative of the Year - Sri Lanka 2021 by Insurance Asia Awards and the National Bronze Award for Industrial Excellence CNCI Achiever Awards 2021. In driving towards its ambitious targets and goals, the business has crafted short and and medium-term strategies for the year and the Management of HNBGI remains well-focused on expanding its operations, accelerating innovative technologies and improving execution to create a meaningful difference in the market”. HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating'. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNB General Insurance has been assigned a 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating' of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited. HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence including the Great Place To Work® Certification, and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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HNB Assurance Wins Gold at National Quality and Productivity Convention 2024

Setting a new benchmark for itself, HNB Assurance PLC bagged the prestigious Gold Award at the National Convention on Quality and Productivity 2024, hosted by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP). The company’s project to streamline its procurement operations while reducing and lead time was recognized for its impact and use of automation.Aligned to the company’s broader objective of efficiency improvement and value creation, this award-winning project is part of HNB Assurance's strategy to improve operational efficiency and achieve 100% paperless operations by 2026. HNB Assurance PLC’s CEO, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, shared his thoughts "Winning this award is a great honor as it recognizes our commitment to enhancing our operations whereby helping us provide better value to our stakeholders. As a company, we continuously seek opportunities to embrace automation and digitization, so, credit to the Business Process Excellence Team along with IT, Finance, Procurement, and all other teams who collaborated and contributed to this remarkable achievement. I’m certain this recognition will motivate our teams to keep pushing the boundaries of excellence and reinforce our commitment to operational efficiency.”The Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology was used as the teams successfully improved the lead time of the procurement process. The DMAIC methodology can be used to identify bottlenecks, implement solutions, and achieve measurable improvements which in this case improved the overall efficiency of the company’s procurement operations."In this fast-paced digital world, staying ahead and meeting evolving customer demands requires us to improve and innovate continuously.” Stated Mrs. Geethani Saram, Head of Business Process Excellence and Strategy. “Internal processes are crucial, especially in the service industry, prompting us to reassess our methods and explore avenues for enhancement. This award resulted from a long-term strategic initiative by HNBA to empower employees for scientific recognition of operational gaps and their resolution through adaptation of Lean Six Sigma methodology. The framework facilitated identifying our procurement process as a critical area for improvement and implementing effective solutions to speed up and set a new standard. My sincere thanks to SLAAQP for this recognition as it validate our efforts and inspires us to continuously innovate and drive efficiency across all our processes.”

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Jun

HNBA and HNBGI Celebrate Partnership with HNB at Golden Awards 2024

The “Golden Awards 2024” hosted by HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance, celebrated and recognized the outstanding achievements of top performers, including network management and branch managers from Hatton National Bank, for their significant contributions to the growth of HNBA and HNBGI. The year 2023 was an outstanding period for both HNBA and HNBGI, with impressive financial performances which proved their partnership with HNB to be one of the best in the industry. Mr. Damith Pallewatte, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HNB, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, opined, “Having participated in this event for several years, it is incredibly heartening to witness the sustained growth and progress achieved by both HNBA and HNBGI. As we look to the future, I see immense potential and opportunity. I am confident that by continuing to innovate and prioritizing customer-centric solutions, we as a group, can not only maintain our strong position but also dominate the market. Let me also remind you that the bank is fully committed to supporting both HNBA and HNBGI, so let us get out there and redefine the landscape of banking and insurance.”The newly appointed Chairman of HNBA and HNBGI, Mr. Stuart Chapman, stated, “I’m delighted to address this wonderful gathering where we honor and recognize one of our most important stakeholders, HNB. The trust and collaboration between our institutions is what sets this partnership apart from others. As custodians of this relationship, I am confident that our combined efforts will ensure we deliver top-tier insurance solutions to our customers, meeting their needs with the highest standards of service and trust. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the award winners and thank the members of the management of HNB for their continued support. Further, as our companies, HNB, HNBA and HNBGI, embrace leadership transformations, I’d like to thank Mr. Jonathan Alles former MD of HNB and our very own former Chairperson Mrs. Rose Cooray for their contributions as well.”The Global Banking and Finance Review, UK, for the fourth consecutive year, honored HNBA as the Best Life Bancassurance Provider, while HNBGI was awarded the Best General Bancassurance Provider for the second consecutive year reflecting the success both HNBA and HNGI has maintained with HNB over the years.

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Jun

Stuart Chapman Appointed Chairman of HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stuart Chapman as the new Chairman, succeeding Mrs. Rose Cooray. With an exemplary career spanning four decades in multinational and local companies across diverse industries and particularly Insurance, Mr. Chapman brings a wealth of expertise to the organization.Mr. Chapman holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK), a Diploma in Life Insurance Sales and Marketing from the Life Underwriters Training Council (USA) and a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM). His professional affiliations include being a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and the Institute of Management (UK) as well as a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia).In addition to 16 years in insurance, Mr. Chapman has also held leadership positions in industries such as Healthcare, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Banking and Telecommunications. He has previously served as the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals, Director Life at Ceylinco Insurance, Managing Director LOLC, Director/CEO of Janashakthi Insurance, Marketing Director Reckitt Benckiser, and Senior Brand Manager Unilever, among other significant roles.Expressing his thoughts of his new role, Mr. Chapman stated, "I am honored to assume the position of Chairman at HNBA and HNBGI. Our companies have established a great foundation and a remarkable growth trajectory over the past couple of years. My goal is to support and enhance this growth while gearing the company to take full advantage of upcoming regulations and technological advancements that will shape the companies’ momentum in the years to come. With the incredible talent we possess and the unstinted support from HNB, I am confident that we have what it takes to deliver exceptional business results. Understanding Customers better, providing innovative and differentiated Customer solutions and enhancing shareholder value will be at the core of everything we do’. Mr. Chapman currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Limited and United Motors Lanka PLC. He has also been a vital part of industry associations, having held roles such as the Honorary President and Founder Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka, President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Co-Chairman of the Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

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